Geri Philpott
Phone (859) 257-2337
Fax (859) 323-1031

N-212F Ag Science North
and 125 T.P. Cooper Bldg. Lexington KY 40546-0073

Professional Profile

Geri Philpott, M.S., is the Academic Coordinator for the Natural Resources and Environmental Science interdisciplinary degree program. She has a varied background in environmental science ranging from environmental education to wildlife biology and uses her experiences to help guide NRES students towards a future career in the environment.


Prior to coming to the University of Kentucky, Geri worked as the Professional Training Manager for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. In this position she was responsible for all aspects of a professional training program for a membership of over 5000 individuals and 218 institutional members, including a master’s degree program. She also worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation Research Center’s Monitoring and Assessment of Biodiversity unit. As the Education and Training Coordinator she helped students and professionals from all over the world attend biodiversity and leadership training. Other jobs include: Assistant Director of Education at the Carolina Raptor Center, Biological Science Technician for the U.S. Geological Survey working with black-footed ferrets and black-tailed prairie dogs, and Animal Behavior Assistant at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.


Other experiences include field study trips in Yellowstone (wolves), Ecuador and Galapagos (ecology and biodiversity), France and Switzerland (geology and ecology), and the Cayman Islands (marine biology). Geri spent a semester at the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and is certified as a Wilderness First Responder. She received her undergraduate degree from Roger Williams University in Bristol, RI in Psychology, focusing on animal behavior, and her master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Antioch New England University.